If you’re a point guard who doesn’t shoot well, you better do some other things exceedingly well if you’re going to stick in the NBA.
Enter Ricky Rubio. Opposing teams will dare him to shoot — better him than Andrew Wiggins or Karl-Anthony Towns — but Rubio brings exceptional vision, passing, and fantastic defense to the table.
A few teams could use a guy like that — hello New York — and Rubio is available at the trade deadline for the right price, reports Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Incumbent Ricky Rubio is readily available and the feeling is that the Spanish guard could be moved prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
So, the Knicks?
Phil Jackson is in the market for a point guard but it’s hard to envision the Knicks having the assets to acquire the 25-year-old Rubio, whose season average in points (9.7), assists (8.6) and minutes (30.3) are down this year.
Because Rubio is young like the rest of the Timberwolves core, and is locked up for three seasons after this one on a contract that becomes very reasonable as the salary cap spikes, it’s going to take a heck of an offer to pry him out of Minnesota. It also is believed by most around the league that the Timberwolves will replace coach Sam Mitchell this summer, and whomever the new coach ends up being may want to have some input who the point guard of the team should be.
The problems with the Knicks pulling the trigger on any deal to upgrade at the point is the only players on their roster other teams want are the ones the Knicks will not move. Ty Lawson may be the exception to that. However, it may be this summer before Jose Calderon is sent to the bench.